Projects and energy in Bahrain

Baker & McKenzie Limited

Baker & McKenzie Limited has demonstrable strengths in project finance transactions in the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors. Led by Ian Siddell, the group counts various leading banks, investment companies and power companies as key clients. Elsewhere, beyond handling finance transactions, the firm acts for clients on the development of projects, including those in the power, water and transportation industries. Gavin Witcombe, who heads up the construction practice, has over 30 years of experience. Fatima Alhasan, Mohsin Iqbal and recently promoted partner Delwar Hossain are among other key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Ian Siddell

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Witcombe; Fatima Alhasan; Mohsin Iqbal; Delwar Hossain

Key clients

The Oil and Gas Holding Company B.S.C. (c) (nogaholding)

Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C.)

ABC Islamic Bank (E.C.)

Gulf International Bank B.S.C

Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba)

Bahrain Islamic Bank B.S.C

Arab Bank plc

Ahli United Bank B.S.C

The Saudi National Commercial Bank (Bahrain)

ACWA Power International

Olayan Financing Company (OFC)

Arabian Centres Company

Alawwal Bank

Samba Capital & Investment Management Company

Saudi Fransi Capital

The Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB)

Riyad Bank

NCB Capital

Metito Group

Mowah Co.

Textron Financial Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for the lenders in relation to the first tranche of the refinancing made available to Bahrain National Gas Expansion Company, to secure conventional and Islamic financing for the operation of a gas processing plant (CGPIII) with a capacity of 350 million standard cubic feet per day.
  • Acting for the syndicate of 12 banks in relation to the multi-option trade finance facilities to assist Saudi Binladin Group with the development of the King Abdulaziz International Airport Project in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Acting for the syndicate of banks led by the Saudi National Commercial Bank in Bahrain in relation to the multi-option Islamic and trade finance facilities made available to Saudi Binladin Group to assist with the development of the PIF Tower Project in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Newton Legal

Newton Legal remains a market leader in the projects and energy arena, with its team having extensive expertise in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas matters. The group advises leading national clients on high-value project financings, developments and construction matters. The Bahrain Petroleum Company is one of the firm's key clients. Joseph Huse and managing partner Aamal Al Abbasi are the main contacts in the practice. Senior associate Maryam Kamal advises on renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Huse; Aamal Al Abbasi

Other key lawyers:

Maryam Kamal


The individuals working there are very attentive and meet our expectations.

Key clients

The Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)

Government of Bahrain



Bahrain LNG

Sadara Chemical Company

The National Oil and Gas Authority

Enoc Marketing

Bapco Retail Company

Bac Jet Fuel

Tatweer Petroleum


Imerys Al Zayani Fused Minerals

Work highlights

  • Retained by the Government of Bahrain in relation to the construction of a £33m solar PV plant deal.
  • Retained by the Sustainable Energy Authority to advise on multiple clean energy projects in Bahrain.
  • Advising Bapco on the Bapco Modernisation Programme related to the design, procurement and development.

Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants

The projects and energy group at Zu’bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants advises sponsors and lenders on large project finance transactions across the energy, infrastructure and mining sectors. It also handles joint ventures and project structures (BOT, BOOT, DBFO, DBFM, PPP, 3P, PFI and others). Practice head Qays Zu’bi has experience OF working in the LNG sector. Naveen Thakur is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Qays H. Zu’bi

Other key lawyers:

Naveen Thakur

Key clients

The Oil and Gas Holding Company (nogaholding)

Hidd Power Company BSC ©

Energy City Qatar

Tihama Power Generation Co Limited

ACWA Power

Bahrain LNG W.L.L.

Nomac Al Dur Power & Water Services WLL

Marubeni Power Asset Management Ltd (MPAM)

Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C.(c)

Al Ezzel Power Company B.S.C.(c)